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De Montfort University

Communication Arts

UCAS Code: 845F

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

UCAS Tariff

104

from at least 2 A-Levels Five GCSEs 9-4 including English Language or Literature or equivalent.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Broadcast journalism

Media production

Media and communication studies

Communication Arts focuses on how practice and theory within the media and creative sectors are informed by developments in technology. You will study the theory and practice of media, arts and culture in preparation for a career across professional industries such as social media, film, radio, journalism, public relations and music. These areas are examined with a focus on their relationships with new technology and creativity. The course stands out by offering a community media specialism that creates a strong civic element, where you could do work-based learning with local organisations. 97.3% of DMU graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report.

Modules

First year
• Communication Practice 1
• Introduction to Community Media
• Core Concepts in Media and Communication
• Media Capture and Processing

Second year
Core modules
• Communication Practice 2
• Community Media Production

Optional modules
• Media, Gender and Identity
• Political Communication
• Video and Imaging Techniques
• Radio Production
• Social Media Production
• Journalism 1
• Public Relations 1
• From Script to Screen
• Television Studies
• British Cinema
• Disney
• Marketing, Film and Material Culture
• Ideas in Music and Sonic Art
• Performing with Technology

Final year
Core modules
• Technology Project
• Community Media Leadership
Optional modules
• Identities
• Global Advertising
• Post-production for Video and Film
• Advanced Radio Production
• Advanced Social Media Production
• Broadcast Journalism
• Public Relations 2
• Writing for the Screen
• Cult Film
• Music, Media and Community Arts
• Installation Art
• Creative Entrepreneurship
• Music Industry Management
• Media Industry Management

Assessment methods

Teaching consists of a combination of lectures, tutorials, group work, practical laboratory sessions and self-directed study taught by established academics and creative industry practitioners.
You will have the chance to contribute to the student-run Demon Media stable of multi-media platforms, including; The Demon Magazine, Demon FM community radio station, Demon TV and Demon website. By taking part in activities with all of these organisations you can develop your skills and apply the knowledge you have learned on your course in a practical way.
In the final year, students will work on a practice-based project enabling you to capitalise on your skills and experience and to develop your own portfolio of creative work.

Assessed work includes essays, practical portfolios, scripts, news articles, online presentations and exams.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 15 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Computing, Engineering and Media

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Broadcast journalism
76%
med
Media production
76%
med
Media and communication studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
19%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Media studies

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
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Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Other elementary services occupations
13%
Media professionals

Journalism roles are very sought after, and competition fierce, and with the Internet disrupting business models, this is likely to continue. It's not impossible to get into roles with a first degree — quite a few do - but they can often be insecure or on a freelance basis, and a lot of jobs in journalism go to postgraduates. Unpaid work is not the norm for new journalists, but it’s rather more common than for other roles, as personal contacts and work experience are important ways for would-be journalists to get their target jobs. The skills you can gain from a journalism degree can be useful in a range of industries, and so grads from these courses can be found in a wide range of jobs - first degree graduates often get jobs in marketing and PR where their skills at drafting copy to deadlines are appreciated. London tends to dominate the jobs market for journalism graduates - a quarter of journalism graduates went to work there - but 2015 graduates found opportunities elsewhere, particularly in larger cities with good local media.

Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

The UK has a world-class media industry in film, print and broadcast media, worth billions to the economy, and employing thousands of new graduates every year, so it's hardly surprising that ambitious and talented graduates want to work in it. But be realistic — this is a highly-sought after industry and jobs are amongst the most competitive around. If you want to be a star in front of the camera or in print, you might want to look at other options. Media studies graduates are much the most likely graduates to get into the media industry (in 2015, one in five grads entering the film industry, and one in four getting jobs in TV or film production had a media studies degree) and they’re more likely to be in crucial roles directing, producing, or operating sound or video equipment, or in media research or marketing roles. Self-employment and freelancing is more common than for most degrees, so that may be something to prepare for.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Media production

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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